Nov 21, 2008 - 4:51 pm
My mom was recently diagnosed with a Stage 4 GBM. She is starting standard treatment of Temodar and Radiation this weekend. It has been over 5 weeks since the surgery, which removed most of the tumor, although residual tumor remains.
We have heard contradictory things about taking Vitamins/Minerals/Supplements during Radiation/Chemo. In general, doctors have told us to stay away from this alternative type of medicine during treatment, radiation especially, and specifically anti-oxidants.
On one hand, most of our research shows that taking these, in some ways "help" slow down brain tumor growth. We have done research showing that many of these may enhance chemo's effect on the body as well.
On the other hand, many doctors have told us to stay away from Vitamins/Minerals/Supplements during treatment, as the effects can interfere with treatment and MAY also help the tumor recover after treatment.
Radiation has been more controversial than chemo. It seems like it is recommended to stay away from alternative meds during radiation, but during chemo, some may be allowed.
Has anyone had experience with taking Vitamins/Minerals/Supplements during treatment, especially radiation?
Here is a quick list of the vitamins/minerals/supplements we have my mom taking:
-MedOmega Fish Oil 2800 mg- Balanced Concentrate DHA 1200mg and EP 1200mg
Anything will help. Good luck to everyone on their journey.